Bargaining with Monkeys Like Us

In this excellent TED talk, primatologist  Laurie Santos discusses the roots of human irrationality by uncovering the way our primate relatives make decisions. Is it possible that the errors we make–like failing to save money–are not “mistakes” (in the conventional sense) but actually hardwired into our natures?  Santos’ experiments in “monkeynomics” suggest answers to that question that might make human exceptionalists a little nervous.

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One response to “Bargaining with Monkeys Like Us

  1. John R

    She lost total credibility with me when she nonchalantly declared as fact that the monkey’s great….grandmother was the same as my great….grandmother. I don’t concur that humans evolved from monkeys or that biological life evolved from inanimate chemical reactions to start the evolutionary chain. A theory, ok, but not proven fact.

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